A comparison between a girl of 8 years old and one of 16 years old, talking about who they are

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A comparison between a girl of 8 years old and one of 16 years old, talking about who they are
Is there any developmental trend?

Abstract:
Two girls, an 8 year old and a sixteen year old were interviewed talking about who they are, following Rosenberg’s categories .It was found that there is a developmental trend between the girls. The locus of self – knowledge shifts with the age from relating on others to relating to the self.
Introduction:
Younger children focus on describing external characteristics when they talk about who they are, for example, physical appearance and routine activities they participate in, on things that other people are able to observe. As children get older, they focus more on internal characteristics,
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The locus of self-knowledge changes with the age. Kirsty was asked if her mother and she would give the same answer to the question if she’s well behaved home. And if not who will be right? Kirsty’s answer was using the personal characteristics: “they think I’m being moody, but I think I’m funny”, she understands that her parents can’t understand her experience and feelings as she understands them.
There is a developmental trends in the way in which these two girls describe themselves and the way how the interviews go. The sixteen year old seems to understand better the questions that were asked. She also was framed in all the four categories when she talked about who she is. Whereas the eight year old didn’t quite get all the questions and she choose only two of those four categories to describe who she is.
The results from this project look like young children use more physical categories than the older children to talk about who they are. O well it’s not possible to generalize these findings because there were interviewed only two girls. And there are no boys in the discussion. The validity of these interviews is a concern. A development of this study, therefore, would be to extend the number of the children and also will be interesting to bring some boys into the interviews and find out what do they say about who they are.

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